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NHS offers smartphone GP appointments

Image copyrightGetty Images A 24-hour service has been launched for NHS patients, offering GP consultations via videolink on smartphones. The pilot scheme will initially cover 3.5 million patients in greater London. Patients will be able to check their symptoms through the mobile app and then have video consultations within two …

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Free abortions for NI women in Scotland

Women from Northern Ireland can now have free abortions through the NHS in Scotland. Abortions are illegal in Northern Ireland except for cases where the woman’s health is at risk. That has led to women travelling to Great Britain, where they have had to pay for terminations. New regulations allowing …

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Anger after ‘Good Samaritan’ doctor fined

Image copyrightBEIJING NEWSImage caption Dr Yang (R) has been fined for his alleged role in Mr Feng’s (L) death after telling him not to smoke in a lift Chinese social media users are reacting angrily after a doctor was ordered to pay compensation for his alleged role in a smoker’s …

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Surrogate mum of ‘twins’ finds one is hers

Image copyrightGetty Images A surrogate mother from California, who gave birth to two babies, found out one of the children was biologically hers. Jessica Allen became pregnant with her own biological child while she was carrying another baby as a surrogate for a Chinese couple. Mrs Allen said doctors first …

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Danish ‘FGM’ man faces long jail term

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Charges against Peter Frederiksen ranged from fraud to conspiracy to murder A Danish man whose freezer contained women’s genitals has been found guilty of various crimes by a South African court – but not female genital mutilation. Peter Frederiksen was found guilty of rape, production and possession …

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Surge in Australia gonorrhoea cases

Image copyrightCNRI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARYImage caption Gonorrhoea rates have soared 72% for men and 43% for women. The number of cases of gonorrhoea in Australia has soared by 63% in the past five years, a new study has found. Australian researchers say the rise in gonorrhoea diagnoses was led by an …

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Extra police leave to help ‘wellbeing’

Image caption The two days’ extra leave will allow officers to take part in sport or community activities Police officers are to have extra days off as part of a “wellbeing” plan by Lincolnshire Police. The additional two days’ paid leave will be used by officers to engage in sport …

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UK ‘a more upbeat nation’ in 2017

The UK is a slightly more positive place to be than it was last year, an official survey suggests. The UK’s level of life satisfaction, as measured by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), has edged up to a record 7.7 out of 10. Last year, the level was 7.6. …

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‘UK wellbeing rises after Brexit vote’

Image copyrightGetty Images In the year after the UK narrowly voted to exit the European Union, there was a small but significant increase in the population’s feeling of wellbeing, official statistics show. The improvements in areas such as life satisfaction and happiness were seen only in England, however. Elsewhere, the …

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Polluted Delhi has ‘become a gas chamber’

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The Indian Meteorological Department said Wednesday recorded the worst smog and visibility in 17 years in Delhi Air pollution has reached hazardous levels in the Indian capital, Delhi, after many firecrackers were set off to celebrate the festival of Diwali at the weekend. People celebrated the …

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